As a former Army Infantryman, Chris lived and breathed the Army Core Values. Chris breaks down each value to help prepare you for your life and what it truly means to be a Soldier in the United States Army.
Understanding that everyone joins the military for a myriad of different reasons – however, knowing what I know now about the Army Core Values, versus when I enlisted, is entirely different. In retrospect, living the Army Values after Basic Combat Training (BCT) has reinforced a positive outlook on life. As I look back on my own experience enlisting and BCT, I’m sure I was a lot like you. I understood what the Army Core Values were because we had to memorize them, but not until later did I fully grasp the deeper meaning, and the impact it had on my life.
First, there is an easy way to help memorize the Army Core Values. Trust me, you’ll have to in BCT. Think of the word “leadership,” but spelled, “LDRSHIP,” Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.
Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, and your battle buddies. This may sound strange to you right now, but having a battle buddy you can trust comes from giving them something to trust in you. Be there for them and be there for your country. A loyal Soldier is one who supports and trusts their leadership – without question. And as a friendly reminder, when you’re in BCT, don’t question your Drill Sergeant, just do what they say, and you’ll be a lot better off.
Means more than carrying out your assigned tasks – it’s also our moral obligation as members of the military. Even as a veteran, I feel a deep sense of duty to serve, and I’m not alone. There are literally thousands of veteran service organizations (VSO) designed around this sense of purpose. Moreover, the Warrior Ethos are exactly that: I will always place the mission first, I will never accept defeat, I will never quit, and I will never leave a fallen comrade.
Self-respect is a critical component of this Army Value. It’s knowing you have put forth your best effort in all aspects of life. The Army is one team and each of us has something to contribute. Respect is also what allows us to appreciate the best in the people all around, no matter where we go, or who they are. And not only when in uniform. The Department of Defense has a policy that strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including gender identity), or sexual orientation.
Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and others before your own. Selfless service is larger than just one person. Serving our country is doing our duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain. The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment of everyone to the Army Core Values.
Live up to the Army Core Values and make it a matter of daily living with every choice. Be proud of who you are, what you’ve accomplished, your unit, and being a member of the military.
Do what’s right, legally, and morally. Integrity is a quality developed by adhering to moral principles and the Army Core Values. As your integrity grows, so will the trust others place in you. The more choices you make based on integrity, the more this Army Value will positively affect your personal and professional relationships, and fundamentally yourself.
Face fear, danger, and adversity – both physically and morally. Personal courage has long been associated with our Army. With physical courage, it is a matter of enduring physical duress, and at times risking personal safety. Facing moral fear or adversity may be a long, slow process of continuing forward on the right path – especially if taking those actions is not popular with others. Unapologetically stand up for what you believe in. You can build your personal courage daily by acting upon the things that you know are honorable.
No matter how long your military career is, you will become part of an elite group of people – less than one percent of the American population serve in the military and less than six percent are veterans. Although, these are called the Army Core Values, the other branches of the military instill these same principles. Fourteen years later, I can say with the utmost confidence that the Army Core Values are sage advice for life.
The burden of our fallen rests on the shoulders of those who continue to serve.
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Clinton Bullock says
I also love the contradiction here;
“corrupt jew controlled Godlees filth ”
I think you meant to say Godless, which is funny because you mentioned Jews.
I cant tell if this guy is liberal or conservative. He says “…filthy Jew influenced…” which is pretty racist.
But on the other hand he says things like …”Godless..” which is a somewhat conservative notions. (By the way a lot of the Christian religion is somewhat Jewish, Jesus was a Jew.)
Then says ….”Arab nations were created ‘enemies’……”. Which kind of a liberal notion.
These are just a few examples of contradiction in personality, not just opinion.
And I’ve never heard anyone from the military be this negative; unless they were already unstable. (Which judging by the unstable contradictory structure of his argument I can generally attest to his instability)
But we should probably just leave him alone because one of two things probably occured:
1. His son, that he mentioned, had a psychotic episode and is looking to blame it on anything besides the truth.
2. He is an internet troll trying to get a reaction out of people.
They should put that in the oath; “To protect this country from all internet trolls, both foreign and domestic.”
So lets leave the unstable, blamer-hander-outer alone. I mean he is our countryman afterall.
Joe Cortina says
This is sad. NOWHERE did I see anything about CODE OF CONDUCT.. American youth in today’s Godless military are trained in pure terrorism. To terrorize and or murder civilians in other nations and other helpless people. “Kick in the doors TO THEIR HOMES and MURDER them if ordered”.. My own son went through your filthy jew influenced institutionalized terrorism training. The unnecessary Gulf wars were a disgrace to ALL DECENCY.! You and your corrupt jew controlled Godlees filth have brought great SHAME to the US military. ALL of these Arab nations were CREATED ‘enemies’. NONE Of them ever threatened me or my family or MY COUNTRY. You have made mercenary thrill seekers murderers and psychopaths of our sons. OH – and BTW I commanded E52 basic infantry in 1962
What you say is very true! Thank you
Clinton Bullock says
What about Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait? A country which we told we’d protect. Is none of that relevant? Do you believe we should sacrifice a nation which we SWORE to protect because you personally weren’t affected? It’s as though you say a child laying down on the road who was run over and did not call the police because you personally weren’t affected so it didn’t happen.
You are around 70 years old OR OLDER if what you said is true. You should take that into account, we are training for terrorists who stay in homes after being told to leave, and after being warned. People enter into those homes thinking they may DIE. And when they see weapons or knives which could cause permanent harm they do not have the time to kindly ask them to drop their weapons. They do the best they can and any good soldier will always sacrifice himself for our nation, however, you can’t ask them to die out of kindness alone.
Clinton Bullock says
Also, the Code of Conduct and Core Values are different things. The Code of Conduct as its own page because it’s so important, stop wasting your time here and google it instead. Who honestly googles something then spends time out of their day to critique something you didn’t search for?
Aaron Rogers says
I graduated from B CO 1-19th 198th Infantry Regiment and you good sir are full of SHIT! No body who commanded a Company,Battalion,Division,Regiment or army would talk about our country,current and past members of the military or even the conflict this nation has been in! Even our losses us infantryman still hold our head up high and say we did our best! I can prove my time in, I can show you my DD form 214 as well as my Purple Heart,ARCOM, Blue Cord etc. my email is email@example.com. Don’t forget your proof. I’ve always got mine.